7th grade research (Winslow Homer)

Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter and printer, best known for his marine subject. He was born February 24, 1836 in Boston MA and raised in Cambridge. He died September 29, 1910 in Prouts Neck, Maine. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art. Winslow’s mother Henrietta Benson Homer was a gifted watercolorist and she and her son had a close relationship throughout their lives. Winslow took on many of his mother’s traits including her artistic talent. Winslow’s father was a restless businessman who was always looking to “make a killing”. Largely self-taught, Homer began his career as a commercial illustrator. In 1859 he moved to New York to be closer to the publishers that commissioned his illustrations and to pursue his ambitions as a painter.  He then took up oil painting and produced major studio works characterized by the weight and density he exploited from the medium. He also worked extensively in watercolor, creating a fluid and creative work of art, primarily recording his working vacations. In 1860, Winslow Homer displayed his first paintings at the National Academy of Design in New York. From the late 1870s, Homer began to dedicate his summers exclusively to direct painting from nature in watercolor. After 1883, the sea became the dominant theme in his work, and by the 1890s he had become generally recognized as one of the leading American painters. My favorite painting that Winslow made would be On The Trail. I like that painting because it shows a lot of colors and I can just imagine myself in that place right now walking down a trail with two dogs. I picked Winslow Homer as my artist because I think he is an amazing landscape painter and printer. Every time I look at one of his artworks I can image myself in that place or in that situation.

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